Muhaydin Mire Admits Trying To Stab Commuters At Leytonstone Tube Station

Mire stands accused of kicking one victim repeatedly and cutting a 12cm wound into his neck.

24/05/2016 16:31
Muhaydin Mire denied trying to murder a commuter but admitted to trying to stab four others

A man whose attack on commuters at a London train station sparked the "you ain't no Muslim, bruv" backlash has denied he tried to behead one passenger but admitted he did try to stab four others. 

Muhaydin Mire, 30, faced accusations from prosecutors that an attack he carried out at Leytonstone Tube station on December 5 last year was an act of terrorism.

The incident came just three weeks after the deadly Paris attacks, which saw 130 killed by so-called Islamic State.

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Police cordoned off and investigated the scene at Leytonstone Station after the attack there in December

Appearing at London's Old Bailey via videolink from prison, the former taxi driver denied one count of attempted murder but admitted four counts of attempted wounding.

Mire stands accused of battering a 56-year-old man unconscious and hacking a 12cm wound into his neck during the unprovoked assault that happened late last year. 

The victim has not been named but had to undergo five hours of surgery after the attack.

Mire admits attacking four other passengers in the frenzied five minute attack.

He appeared in court today but spoke only to confirm his name and enter his pleas. He will stand trial next Tuesday.

Mire's attack back in December was captured on video, and saw him confronted by one person inside Leystonestone Station who told him: "you ain't no Muslim, bruv".

The interjection went viral, and was even praised as being "brilliant" by Prime Minister David Cameron.

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